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July 2012

Hobbers and Legs make major donation to SAGDB

The SAGDB received a significant boost last month through a major donation from Master PGA Professional and renowned coach, Gavan Levenson and former professional Justin Hobday. The pair handed over a cheque for R115,000 to the country's leading development organisation with the simple instruction to "spend it where it's most needed".

SAGDB managing director, Ken Viljoen, said the donation was a great surprise. He said that Levenson and Hobday had asked that the funds be used to give a selection of players the chance to take their games to a higher level.

"Gavin and Justin hoped that we would use the donation to give some of our rising stars the chance to raise the level of their games and compete against the best amateurs in the country," he said. "That is why we plan to use these funds to assist some of our top players to play in the 12 Big Easy events on the Sunshine Tour, Sanlam Glacier Tournaments and other national events around South Africa."

"The donation will ensure that our most talented youngsters have the chance to travel and enter these tournaments, where they can test themselves against the top players in the country," he added. "It will give them much needed national experience."

Levenson and Hobday founded "Hobbers and Legs" in the late eighties with the express purpose to raise money for underprivileged golfers who needed financial assistance. Both players were still competing internationally and held fundraisers everywhere they travelled.

"Over the years, we raised quite a lot of money and were able to help quite a few youngsters who needed a leg up in the game," Levenson explained. "However, we didn't want to handcuff any players and giving money to the SAGDB to administrate it as they saw fit, seemed a much better solution. We have both been very impressed by the work the SAGDB has done over the last decade."

"The programme has gone from strength to strength and has produced some amazing golfers. But as a non-profit organisation, the SAGDB relies on sponsorships and donations to carry out its golf development programmes around South Africa. We know corporations or golf industry suppliers often come to the party with cash donations or equipment, but it's not always easy to convince individuals to support their cause."

"That's why we decided to hand the funds to the SAGDB to assist the top players in the organisation. The only way to improve and excel is through competition and we hope that this gesture will give some of our country's future champions the boost they need to get to the next level."